WEST POINT, N.Y. – The UConn women’s tennis team spent the weekend in West Point, N.Y. competing at the Army Invitation. The Huskies were led by sophomore Emma Alderman (Hingham, Mass.) who advanced to the championship match in the first singles flight bracket.
"The team had an outstanding weekend at the Army Invitational," commented head coach Glenn Marshall. "With 18 schools in attendance, we definitely proved that we were one of the top teams there. Our depth in our line-up was evident by a stellar 21-8 singles overall record over the weekend. I was very proud of the teams overall effort as they battled through extreme temperatures and never lost their focus and fight. Emma Alderman had another great weekend, by reaching the finals of her second straight tournament in the top singles flight."
The Huskies had two players advance into the semifinals of the Flight “1” bracket in Alderman and junior Srna Stosljevic (Novi Sad, Serbia). Alderman won four singles matches on her way to a finals match-up with Valeria Salazar from Syracuse.
Alderman began her tournament run with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Alyssa Rosello of Manhattan. She advanced into the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Carolyn Pitman of the host Black Knights and reached the semi’s thanks to a 6-3, 6-3 win over Lehigh’s Christina Auyeung.
Stosljevic started her journey to the semifinals of the same flight with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Marion Boullin of Bryant. She posted a 7-6 (4), 6-3 win over Sophia Dzulynksy of Quinnipiac in the round of 16 and reached the semi’s with a three-set win over Stony Brook’s Polina Movchan. After dropping the first set 7-6 (5), Stosljevic rebounded to win 6-4 and 10-5.
Alderman took care of SBU’s Kristina Vozniak in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-2 while Stosljevic pushed Salazar to three sets before falling. After falling 6-1 in the first, she rebounded to win 6-3 in the second but fell in the third set tie break, 10-6. Alderman and Vozniak would go three sets as well to determine the winner of the first singles bracket. Alderman took the first set, 6-4, but lost a hard fought second, 7-6 (5) and the tie-break third set, 10-7.
In the second singles flight, senior Maxene Weinberg (Marietta, Ga.) played her way into the semifinals. Weinberg opened with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Fordham’s Julie Leong. In the round of 16, she topped Quinnipiac’s Sitiia Rencheli, 6-4, 7-6 (1) and then won her quarterfinal match with Abigail Farrell of Lehigh, 6-3, 7-6 (4). Weinberg had her chance at the finals end with a 6-2, 6-1 loss at the hands of Ana Yrazusta of UMass.
Sophomore Jenise Vargas (Pasadena, Calif.) player her way into the quarterfinals of the fourth singles flight over the weekend. Vargas beat Albany’s Chag Bean Kang, 6-3 and 6-3 to open her tournament. She took down Syracuse’s Olivia Messineo 6-1 and 6-3 to get into the quarterfinals. Vargas took the first set 6-0 over Chanel Glasper of UMass but fell 6-3 and 10-8 to see her tournament end.
Sophomore Shea Flanagan (Overland Park, Kan.) and freshman Summer Walker (Conyers, Ga.) picked up three wins in the second doubles bracket to advance to the semifinal round. The duo opened with an 8-0 win over Albany’s Mireille Hermans and Chassidy King and then beat Isabel Balsavage and Brittany Collens of UMass, 8-2, in the round of 16. Flanagan and Walker advanced to the semi’s with an 8-7 (6) win over Army’s Maya Parker and Haley O’Conner. The duo fell short of a finals appearance with an 8-2 loss to Stony Brook’s Adey Osabounien and Elizabeth Tsvetkov.
Flanagan picked-up a singles in the third singles flight, beating Binghamton’s Olga Ostrovestsky, 6-4 and 6-0. Flanagan lost in the second round to Tsvetkov in three sets, 6-3, 3-6, 10-2. Walker dropped her opening match in the third singles bracket to Agatha Ambrozy of Binghamton, 6-3, 7-5, but won the consolation side of the bracket with four-straight victories.
Next up for the Huskies is an appearance at the National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. for next weekend’s USTA Invitational.